Sacramento, CA — Assembly Republicans rejected a $116 billion budget from majority Democrats despite its similarity to one proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
Even though state Senators are still scheduled to vote on the proposal, the action in the Assembly means the Legislature will miss the June 15 deadline for the 19th consecutive year.
In hopes of winning support, Democrats dropped plans to increase education spending by $3 billion next year.
And they left in place Schwarzenegger´s hard line against new taxes and borrowing.
But Republicans claimed the plan added to the state deficit and complained they did not have time to consider the massive document.
Lawmakers have not met the June 15 constitutional deadline for passing a budget since 1986.